Warsaw Will

Joined: December 3, 2010

Number of comments posted: 1309

Number of votes received: 604

I'm a TEFL teacher working in Poland. I have a blog - Random Idea English - where I do some grammar stuff for advanced students and have the occasional rant against pedantry.

Questions Submitted

fewer / less

Natural as an adverb

tonne vs ton

Tell About

“reach out”

Recent Comments

Re: Who/whom, copular verbs, and the infinitive  •  August 1, 2014, 2:47pm  •  0 vote

@Jasper - I'm sorry about your name ; I think I also confused you with jayles once - I get a bit muddled with all these Js (That's no excuse, though!). Incidentally, the whole book is online, il

Re: Are proverbs dying?  •  August 1, 2014, 1:11pm  •  0 vote

@Rdavis202 - 'Cats and dogs' - that surprises me too. It's in lots of EFL course books, but I've always found it a bit artificial, and tell my students we're probably more likely to say something like

Re: obstinacy vs. obstinancy  •  August 1, 2014, 1:03pm  •  0 vote

"Obstinancy"is certainly in the OED, at least according to Wiktionary, but is listed as 'rare', and it is not listed in Oxford Online. In fact it is only listed in two of the many online dictionaries

Re: What’s happening to the Passive?  •  August 1, 2014, 12:19pm  •  0 vote

"The situation was transformed into something quite different." - this is fine when we know that there was an agent who/which transformed the situation, but situations have a habit of changing under

Re: What’s happening to the Passive?  •  August 1, 2014, 11:51am  •  0 vote

"Now we all know who is the agent that increases taxes" - something not quite right there: "Now we all know who it is that increases taxes, who the agent is"

Re: What’s happening to the Passive?  •  August 1, 2014, 11:48am  •  2 votes

First, jayles is right that there is a lot of antipathy to the passive from people who really should know better, especially in American writing schools - their reason being that they see it as 'wimpy

Re: Who/whom, copular verbs, and the infinitive  •  July 20, 2014, 9:54am  •  0 vote

@Jason - I must confess I hadn't read your final concessionary paragraph until now. So sorry about that.

Re: Who/whom, copular verbs, and the infinitive  •  July 20, 2014, 9:50am  •  0 vote

@Skeeter Lewis - I sort of gathered after I posted - sorry. And I agree with you that both sides should take a step back. I was rather taken aback by Jason's 'I don't care' and 'spout off ESL' comment

Re: Who/whom, copular verbs, and the infinitive  •  July 20, 2014, 7:01am  •  0 vote

@Skeeter Lewis - As we are often on opposite sides in these dicussions, I took your comment at face value. But I'm now beginning to wonder if your comment wasn't perhaps meant to be ironic, in which c

Re: Who/whom, copular verbs, and the infinitive  •  July 20, 2014, 6:47am  •  0 vote

"It's true - dear old Will does try to bludgeon us to death with his tolerance." - so a mere one person standing up for a different view to the one held (and oft repeated) by the majority (which now s

Re: When did contacting someone become reaching out?  •  July 20, 2014, 6:24am  •  0 vote

Beat you to it HS - http://painintheenglish.com/case/5118 - apparently it's quite common in something close to your ex-line of business - tech companies.

Re: Who/whom, copular verbs, and the infinitive  •  July 18, 2014, 8:34am  •  0 vote

One swallow doesn't make a summer!

Re: Who/whom, copular verbs, and the infinitive  •  July 18, 2014, 8:31am  •  1 vote

Wow! Someone got out of bed on the wrong side this morning. But I'll ignore all the negative stuff and try and answer some of your points: I'm sorry you think that some arbitrary rules that hardly

Re: Who/whom, copular verbs, and the infinitive  •  July 17, 2014, 7:30pm  •  1 vote

“Whom did he want to meet?” - Does anyone actually say that? Conversationally? Apart from in radio dramas, etc. I have very grave doubts about your opening premise, beloved by certain grammar sites

Re: Are proverbs dying?  •  July 4, 2014, 8:09pm  •  0 vote

@Jasper - on Ngram, 'count your chickens' is soaring, and 'your eggs in one basket' is holding steady, if fluctuating a bit - http://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=count+your+chickens%2Cyour+e

Re: Are proverbs dying?  •  July 4, 2014, 8:04pm  •  0 vote

@jayles (the un-nothing this time) - Ngram links with asterisks don't work on PITE. @HS - Re kettle, that would have been my hunch too, but it doesn't even show up in the Ngram British books sele

Re: Are proverbs dying?  •  July 3, 2014, 4:23pm  •  0 vote

"A watched pot never boils" is still pretty active on Ngram, especially if you shorten it to "A watched pot". Milton Friedman may have used "There's no such thing as a free lunch" for the title of one

Re: Are proverbs dying?  •  July 2, 2014, 2:49pm  •  0 vote

One small thought: You'll find a lot more for "beggars can't be choosers" than "beggars can not be choosers". Both seem quite popular on Facebook and Twitter - actual counts (front-page figure in b

Re: Putative (-ly) vs. Supposed (-ly) vs. Ostensible (-y)  •  June 29, 2014, 11:08am  •  0 vote

@jayles - Or that the mother knows something the ostensible father doesn't: "It is not entirely clear why this fascinates Stephen except that if his ostensible father Simon Dedalus was a cuckold, p

Re: Use my brain or brains?  •  June 28, 2014, 7:14pm  •  0 vote

@jayles - "Perhaps that explains why "brains" in the plural is increasingly used when referring to women" According to Ngram, the increase since 1970 has been less than 100% and the current level i

Re: Putative (-ly) vs. Supposed (-ly) vs. Ostensible (-y)  •  June 26, 2014, 2:32pm  •  0 vote

There does seem to be a key difference between 'putative' and the other two: if something is putative, it is generally believed, but not usually openly stated (yet), as far as I can see. Whereas the o

Re: Putative (-ly) vs. Supposed (-ly) vs. Ostensible (-y)  •  June 26, 2014, 2:42am  •  1 vote

There seems to be a slight difference in how true you believe something to be. All definitions from Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary: putative - "believed to be the person or thing mentioned",

Re: Plaque for family home  •  June 25, 2014, 4:51pm  •  1 vote

Hi - this seems a particularly North American custom and as a Brit I probably shouldn't be commenting, but the answer to your question can easily be found by searching for "family plaque established"

Re: subwait  •  June 25, 2014, 4:09pm  •  0 vote

Subwait , sub-wait and sub wait all seem to be used, either for an area where you wait for test results, or small waiting areas away from the main one. I thought it was a purely American term, but I'v

Re: “As per ....”?  •  June 23, 2014, 10:53am  •  0 vote

@Lance - "In the UK I only ever heard these phrases ..." As a few of us know, Hairy Scot no longer lives in the UK, so here he is correctly using past simple, not a slang version of present perfect

Re: Using country name as an adjective?  •  June 22, 2014, 4:32pm  •  0 vote

Ivorian Salomon Kalou, in the short My World Cup Dream, on BBC World News, calls it Ivory Coast.

Re: Using country name as an adjective?  •  June 22, 2014, 5:34am  •  0 vote

@Chris B - The only other one I can find is Gibraltar, and a few island or island groups with 'island' in the name. Some single islands have the same adjectival form as the name, eg Pitcairn Island;

Re: Using country name as an adjective?  •  June 22, 2014, 5:09am  •  0 vote

Some commentators may be following the FIFA guidelines, but the print and online media certainly aren't. A site search of BBC Sport returns 9130 for Ivory Coast, with a mere 9 for Côte d'Ivoire, at S

Re: fewer / less  •  June 20, 2014, 7:44am  •  0 vote

Correction - perhaps not so obscure, and colloquial would be a better description than slang. NB context is everything: "More than 100 mph" = better, if speed is what you want "More than 30 mpg

Re: fewer / less  •  June 20, 2014, 7:23am  •  0 vote

@Skeeter Lewis - I still don't know why you assume advertisers have picked up 'better-than-half-price' from a relatively obscure piece of American slang and 'got it wrong'? This expression makes perfe

Re: Use my brain or brains?  •  June 17, 2014, 2:22pm  •  0 vote

An afterthought: couldn't these expressions be referring both to intelligence and the physical organ? I don't think the difference is so clear cut.

Re: Use my brain or brains?  •  June 17, 2014, 2:06pm  •  0 vote

@jayles the unwhateverwillitbenext - as a general idea, I'd agree with you: "She's the brains of the family" But Wiktionary gets it wrong when it says plural only for British English to mean in

Re: Is Punctuation Part of “Mechanics”?  •  June 16, 2014, 2:41pm  •  0 vote

@Skeeter Lewis - As Brits, there are some who run writing courses who might disagree with you, in line with one of the definitions of 'mechanics' at Oxford Dictionaries Online - "The way in which some

Re: Why Don’t We Abolish Irregular Verbs and Nouns?  •  June 15, 2014, 2:12pm  •  0 vote

@Dyske - some five years later I bet your daughter has got them sorted now. At the age of four, children are still mastering the basic rules, and the whole beauty of language acquisition is that they

Re: Infinitive without “to”  •  June 15, 2014, 1:57pm  •  0 vote

An infinitive without "to", also known as the bare infinitive, is used after modal auxiliary verbs (amongst others), for example: "can do, will do, must do" etc The verb "need" is a semi-modal,

Re: Is Punctuation Part of “Mechanics”?  •  June 15, 2014, 1:39pm  •  0 vote

I'd never heard of mechanics being used in this way before (I think it's mainly American - actually the whole idea of writing schools is pretty American). But a quick look around suggests that some go

Re: “...not that there’s anything wrong with that.”  •  June 15, 2014, 1:05pm  •  0 vote

Seinfeld may well have popularised it, but it was around well before that. Earliest example at Google Books is from a comedy from 1924, but it really seems to have taken off in the 1960s. This is from

Re: “she” vs “her”  •  June 15, 2014, 12:49pm  •  0 vote

Looking again at the original question, I've noticed that, apart from the fact that strict grammarians wouldn't allow "her" as the subject, there is an inconsistency here, in that "her" is objective a

Re: Anglican  •  June 15, 2014, 12:00pm  •  1 vote

This reminds me of something from "1066 and all that", a gentle parody of history teaching in British schools by W. C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman, published in 1930. "Noticing some fair-haired chil

Re: Use my brain or brains?  •  June 15, 2014, 8:59am  •  1 vote

I think it's mainly due to one ("use your brain") being a simple description, and the other ("rack your brains") being an idiom. But no doubt there has been a bit of cross-fertilisation between the t

Re: “fraction of...”: singular or plural?  •  June 15, 2014, 7:39am  •  0 vote

It's a genuinely interesting question, this. It seems to me that in wh-questions with the verb "be" plus a noun, the verb is generally governed by by the noun that follows it: perhaps because it's a s

Re: Referent of “one”  •  June 13, 2014, 2:34pm  •  0 vote

"One" refers to the real subject - "a (highly unusual) form of melody", which is a noun phrase. Take away the pronoun and you have - "It is a highly unusual form of melody that occurs only in this com

Re: Team names — singular or plural  •  June 13, 2014, 2:07pm  •  0 vote

@jayles (the ?) - another for your collection - "a fraction of the people present were/was", etc - see http://painintheenglish.com/case/5237/

Re: “fraction of...”: singular or plural?  •  June 13, 2014, 2:04pm  •  0 vote

Just noticed this, which is an interesting parallel to what we've been discussing elsewhere (the thread on team names) - For a start I would prefer "What fraction" to "Which fraction", but the real qu

Re: Team names — singular or plural  •  June 13, 2014, 1:05pm  •  0 vote

It occurred to me that social media might be a good way of gauging normal (not published) use. The first figures are for actual instances, the ones in brackets the numbers given on the first search pa

Re: Are sports commentators and sports show anchors out to change the language?  •  June 13, 2014, 12:45pm  •  0 vote

My expanded take on the history of 'early doors', illustrated with lots of examples from the past and present - http://random-idea-english.blogspot.com/2014/06/random-thoughts-on-early-doors.html

Re: that vs. if and whether  •  June 12, 2014, 3:32pm  •  0 vote

I wonder where this figure of 95% comes from; it certainly doesn't seem to apply to British English and like njtt I don't think I've ever heard "I wonder that" used instead of "I wonder if/whether". P

Re: Are sports commentators and sports show anchors out to change the language?  •  June 10, 2014, 2:55pm  •  0 vote

@HS - But I thank you; I'd never heard of "early doors" before, but it looks as though it's now moving outside sporting circles. "Watching on", incidentally, was apparently coined by Jonathan Pearce o

Re: Are sports commentators and sports show anchors out to change the language?  •  June 9, 2014, 4:42pm  •  1 vote

"Early doors" - is especially associated with English football, and with commentator Ron Atkinson in particular - one Telegraph writer wondered "Does Big Ron ask his wife if she might get breakfast re

Re: When is “of course” impolite?  •  June 7, 2014, 12:48pm  •  0 vote

I don't quite follow the question - I don't see that's it ambiguous in any of these. Sarcastic (f), over-generous (g), cheeky (b), perhaps, but ambiguous? Perhaps the guy in (g) is being ironic, but y

Re: “went missing/gone missing”?  •  June 7, 2014, 12:28pm  •  0 vote

A note on the grammar - it seems we were barking up the wrong tree when talking of gerunds: 'missing' is generally regarded as an adjective here (just check missing in any dictionary, for example - h

Re: “went missing/gone missing”?  •  June 6, 2014, 7:18pm  •  0 vote

@DesertRat71 - ' "Gone missing" has a "street" ring to it and causes the person saying it to appear lacking in education. If this is the sort of thing they were taught in school it's an indictment of

Re: Meaningless Use of “key”  •  June 5, 2014, 4:22pm  •  0 vote

@HS - that puts you pretty well in line with Prof Brians at WSU (link above). But is it very far from saying "this is the key to our success" to "this is key to our success"? Yes, you could say "vita

Re: Use of multiple periods  •  June 5, 2014, 3:49pm  •  0 vote

@Jasper - I get that, especially after "but", but it's a bit odd to trail off after "no problem", isn't it? No problem is usually said in quite a bright breezy way, I would have thought. However, as

Re: Use of multiple periods  •  June 4, 2014, 5:05pm  •  0 vote

@jayles the unwoven - but surely "No problem" is in itself a complete utterance. We might say "That's no problem", but we wouldn't normally follow "No problem" with anything, would we? Except, perha

Re: Modal Remoteness & Tense  •  June 4, 2014, 4:53pm  •  0 vote

That should of course read - "If he were to move his arm" means exactly the same as "If he was to move his arm", the only difference is one of formality.

Re: Modal Remoteness & Tense  •  June 4, 2014, 4:51pm  •  0 vote

@Jasper - "Although my Word (not always the best basis to go by) tells me that "was" should be "were", I however cannot see how this would be an unreal conditional. First, the action hasn't taken plac

Re: Meaningless Use of “key”  •  June 4, 2014, 2:53pm  •  0 vote

A couple of links, one more or less taking the side of those who don't like 'key' as an adjective: http://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2007/07/key-bored.html And a fairly neutral one about adjecti

Re: Meaningless Use of “key”  •  June 3, 2014, 3:43pm  •  0 vote

Would you also object to "key witness" and "key evidence"? - this article is related but not exactly about the same thing - http://public.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/key.html

Re: Meaningless Use of “key”  •  June 3, 2014, 3:32pm  •  0 vote

OK - the rise in its use as an adjective is pretty recent in both American English and British English, but its occurrence seems to be more common in BrE. http://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?conte

Re: fewer / less  •  June 3, 2014, 3:20pm  •  0 vote

@Skeeter Lewis - I don't really see why there should be any connection between the two - I doubt that many Brits even knew of the American idiom. Far more likely is that they've decided to avoid "less

Re: Meaningless Use of “key”  •  June 3, 2014, 2:30pm  •  0 vote

1. I vaguely remember reading somewhere that gift as a verb is not uncommon in Scottish English. It is relatively formal, and is especially when something is given officially. This use in Scotland goe

Re: Modal Remoteness & Tense  •  June 3, 2014, 2:36am  •  1 vote

@Jasper - We're talking of a sort of indirect speech here, so need to think what he originally said to himself - If it was "If I move my arm it will break" (real conditional), then - He was convinced

Re: “all but” - I hate that expression!  •  June 1, 2014, 12:24pm  •  0 vote

I've written a blog post on this and similar expressions for foreign learners: http://random-idea-english.blogspot.com/2013/02/expressions-with-all-but-none-but-but.html

Re: “all but” - I hate that expression!  •  June 1, 2014, 12:05pm  •  0 vote

@Rory - On your second point, "all" is certainly synonymous with "everything" but it's anything but (except) synonymous with "anything"! Would you rather give somebody anything of yours they wanted, o

Re: “Between you and I...”  •  May 30, 2014, 4:13pm  •  0 vote

It's not really about 'between you and I', but there's an interesting Intelligence Squared debate on YouTube with the title of 'Between You and I the English Language is Going to the Dogs' between Joh

Re: co- = subordinate vs. co = equals  •  May 30, 2014, 11:45am  •  0 vote

But there are also admittedly examples where the co-chairs obviously assisted the chair, or, as in one 1959 example from the Music Operators of America (in Billboard), the Co-chairmen assisted the Cha

Re: co- = subordinate vs. co = equals  •  May 30, 2014, 11:26am  •  0 vote

Whenever I (a Brit) see the word coworker (we prefer to use colleague or workmate) I think it's something to do with cows. Joking apart, I've never heard of this supposed difference, and that Oxford u

Re: “Between you and I...”  •  May 30, 2014, 10:33am  •  0 vote

@AnWulf - fair comment when it comes to vernacular dialogue. Shakespeare only used 'between you and' once, at least in the First Folio, and this was from Antonio, the educated 'hero' of the Merchant o

Re: “Between you and I...”  •  May 30, 2014, 10:11am  •  0 vote

Oops, something not quite parallel there - 'who haven't the slightest interest in complaining, or desire to complain, about ...'.

Re: Team names — singular or plural  •  May 30, 2014, 6:35am  •  0 vote

@jayles - you could add 'neither of / either of' and 'none of' to your list. Both formally take a singular verb, but are often used informally with a plural verb: 'Neither of them are coming' 'Non

Re: Where used you to live?  •  May 30, 2014, 6:23am  •  0 vote

How times change! - I've just come across this, from a grammar book for British schools, 'English Observed - Common Errors in Written English', by Lancelot Oliphant, published in 1955. " 'They didn

Re: “would of” instead of “would have” or “would’ve”  •  May 30, 2014, 5:47am  •  0 vote

@Brus - for various reasons, it's possible that some native speakers don't get that much teaching in verb tenses and their construction - this comes so naturally in spoken language that it might have

Re: Are sports commentators and sports show anchors out to change the language?  •  May 30, 2014, 5:10am  •  0 vote

As I remember, the Colemanballs column, in Private Eye magazine, wasn't reserved specifically for Coleman's own slip-ups, but for any funny gaffes made by sports commentators, and rather, was named in

Re: “Between you and I...”  •  May 30, 2014, 4:36am  •  1 vote

@Brus - 'Why do people who do not care about the language, and think terms like "between you and I" are just fine ... why on earth do they engage with this Pain the English forum'. Personally, I s

Re: Pronunciation: aunt  •  May 29, 2014, 2:08am  •  0 vote

@Brus - Yes, Jeremy Hunt is often the butt of this kind of joke. Was your vicar a country vicar, by any chance? Rhetorical question.

Re: “Between you and I...”  •  May 28, 2014, 5:48pm  •  0 vote

@Canadaneil - in the context of the history of English, I'd suggest that the 19th century is in fact relatively recent.

Re: Pronunciation: aunt  •  May 28, 2014, 1:48pm  •  0 vote

@Brus - but was the pronunciation of aunt an essential part of the story (in which case I think I've missed something), or did you add that on yourself? Talking of your story, one thing I have noticed

Re: “up on top” vs. “up top”  •  May 28, 2014, 2:51am  •  0 vote

As a Brit, I'd just say fridge. But if it was a very, very tall fridge, I might just conceivably say 'up on top of'.

Re: “Between you and I...”  •  May 28, 2014, 2:47am  •  0 vote

Oops! Grammar fail caused by incomplete editing - please ignore the 'by' in the second sentence.

Re: “Between you and I...”  •  May 28, 2014, 2:36am  •  0 vote

There's been quite a lot of talk about the use of I in object position recently, as Obama is quite fond of doing it - "a very personal decision for Michelle and I". But the insistence on 'me' seems re

Re: Pronunciation: aunt  •  May 28, 2014, 2:20am  •  0 vote

@Brus - I'm fascinated to know who in Britain pronounces the au in aunt even approximately like the au in authentic. Or perhaps I should say pronounced, seeing it's on British Railways, which (for non

Re: fewer / less  •  May 27, 2014, 1:56pm  •  0 vote

@Skeeter Lewis - "More than, larger in amount or greater in rate, as in My new car can do better than 100 miles an hour , or The new plan will cut better than 15 percent of costs . Some authorities co

Re: Team names — singular or plural  •  May 26, 2014, 4:20pm  •  0 vote

@jayles - 'Incidentally there seems to be a rule of thumb for "number of": "a number of * " takes a plural verb "the number of * " takes a singular verb. ' I think that's more or less what I ju

Re: Team names — singular or plural  •  May 26, 2014, 12:16pm  •  0 vote

@jayles - I agree, that's why I put the question about majority, a number of, the young couple etc on the other thread There is a school of thought that a number of X should always be used with a

Re: “It is I” vs. “It is me”  •  May 26, 2014, 11:50am  •  0 vote

@BGriffin - "sorry, but" is usually seen as a polite way of introducing the fact that you're going to disagree, like a less formal way of saying "I regret to tell you", but if you'd rather dispense wi

Re: Word in question: Conversate  •  May 25, 2014, 2:28pm  •  0 vote

@Scotsman - I'm quite happy to go along with your 'why not' idea and the general gist of your argument, but I think your notion about how dictionaries decide on what goes in and what stays out is a bi

Re: Team names — singular or plural  •  May 25, 2014, 11:07am  •  0 vote

Well, I for one have learnt quite a lot in the course of this discussion. For one, that there is even less disagreement amongst grammarians than I thought there was. And that we Brits use plural verbs

Re: Past tense of “text”  •  May 25, 2014, 5:18am  •  1 vote

@DRae - there has already been a lot of discussion about the 'put' group of verbs before your comment. Why make something irregular when a perfectly good regular version exists? The trend in English i

Re: “It is I” vs. “It is me”  •  May 25, 2014, 5:01am  •  0 vote

@BGriffin - Sorry, but all this stuff with an unidentified 'it' makes no sense whatsoever to me and I have to rather agree with Brus' pithy comment. Somebody just doesn't go to the store with an it, t

Re: “It is I” vs. “It is me”  •  May 24, 2014, 2:23pm  •  0 vote

@BGriffin "I just have to be ____" - I didn't exactly answer your question the way you wanted because I would never say me or I there. The standard way to repeat the pronoun is with a reflexive.

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  May 23, 2014, 7:06pm  •  0 vote

@Skeeter Lewis - Thanks for that, I'd never realised that's where it came from. You can still find modern examples of it being used in the more general 'legal' sense at Google Books - "His forensi

Re: Have diphthongs gone for good?  •  May 23, 2014, 3:48am  •  0 vote

'English is the worldwide language of business' - I know because that's how I 'tout' my trade, and I have seen enough business correspondence done in exercises and real life to know that grammar is a

Re: “It is I” vs. “It is me”  •  May 23, 2014, 3:40am  •  0 vote

@BGriffin "I just have to be ____" - 'me' or 'I'? I would suggest neither, but - 'myself' "I am _____"- 'me' or I''? again neither - 'I am what/who I am' I'm afraid I don't understand your las

Re: Team names — singular or plural  •  May 23, 2014, 3:34am  •  1 vote

@jayles - I didn't say that 'are' would top 'is', just that the difference between AmE and BrE is more marked. As I've said before - Ngram is based on books, and even BRE speakers are likely to use si

Re: Team names — singular or plural  •  May 23, 2014, 3:31am  •  0 vote

@HS - 'A political party contains many members certainly makes more sense than a political party contain many members. Or don't you agree with that either?' Not only does the first sentence make se

Re: Team names — singular or plural  •  May 23, 2014, 3:02am  •  0 vote

From a couple of Scottish educators: 'Rule XXIX. — Collective Nouns take a singular verb or a plural verb, as the notion of unity or of plurality is uppermost in the mind of the speaker. Thus we sa

Re: Team names — singular or plural  •  May 23, 2014, 2:55am  •  0 vote

The teaching of collective nouns in British schools in the middle of the 20th century Sir Lancelot Oliphant was a diplomat and the author of several grammar books for British schools, including A G

Re: Team names — singular or plural  •  May 23, 2014, 2:39am  •  0 vote

Sporting myths of our time The use of verbs with team names is down to a handful of commentators myth - it's stipulated in the BBC style guide, as it is in the Guardian Style Guide This use is

Re: Couldn’t Care Less  •  May 19, 2014, 2:28pm  •  0 vote

@HS - Just to remind you that you were the one who introduced the word proof. I would never demand proof, for the reasons I've outlined in my last comment to Jasper. I just don't get this overriding c

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